Archived News - 2011
Jonna Herbstritt, A PACER “Peer Champion”, Receives Human Rights Award for Her Bullying Prevention Work
As the first recipient of Chaska’s Human Rights Award, Jonna Herbstritt has set the bar pretty high for future nominees.
The 14-year-old Chaska High School freshman was surprised with the award at Saturday’s Hometown Holiday’s tree lighting ceremony in City Square Park. She also received a plaque from Mayor Mark Windschitl at Monday night’s Chaska City Council meeting. “You’re pretty super,” said Windschitl. “This is a pretty big award,” he told Jonna.
"All About Bullies...Big and Small" CD nominated for Grammy Award
A children's CD that is donating 100 percent of its proceeds to PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention has been nominated for a Grammy Award. The CD was created on a volunteer basis and produced by East Coast Recording Company and Cool Beans Music of Bucks County, Penn. Learn more at: www.allaboutbulliesbigandsmall.com
Minnesota to Form Task Force to Review State's Bullying Law
Minnesota Public Radio reports on Gov. Mark Dayton’s announcement of a new task force to review the state’s bullying prevention law. Go To MPR Report
Fox 9 report features the press conference announcing the task force and an interview with PACER’s Public Policy Director, Heather Kilgore. Go To Fox 9 report
FBI to present national leadership award to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center on Nov. 16
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center will be honored during the presentation of a highly prized FBI award. FBI Special Agent in Charge Donald E. Oswald, of the Minneapolis FBI Office, will present the Director’s Community Leadership Award at the ceremony. The award will also be presented by FBI Director Robert Mueller III in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2012. Established in 1990, the Director’s Community Leadership Award is presented each year on behalf of the Director of the FBI to individuals and organizations whose achievements in crime prevention and educational programs have made a positive difference in their communities. Each of the FBI field offices annually recommends to the FBI Director one person or organization deemed worthy of this prestigious award. The Minneapolis FBI Division represents Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
“Each year the FBI searches for an individual or an organization that has made a positive impact on the community, and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is among the best in the country,” said Kyle Loven, FBI Minneapolis Division.
Boston-based sibling duo Michael & Marisa used their opening slot on a recent tour with emerging artist Greyson Chance to help put an end to bullying among teenagers.
Orange Avenue on The Daily Buzz
This past Wednesday, our friends from the band Orange Avenue were on the national morning TV talk show The Daily Buzz. They spoke with the hosts about PACERS, National Bullying Prevention Month, Unity Dance Day and why they are joining the anti-bullying movement. The band then performed "No Goodbyes," the song they are giving away to supporters on the National Bullying Prention Center Facebook page.
Read More about Orange Avenue's visit to The Daily Buzz
Thank you to the entire staff at The Daily Buzz and Orange Avenue for their continued support!
Minneapolis Star Tribune Features PACER's UNITY DANCE
Junior Katrina Dworschak, facing the camera at center, joined a couple dozen students from the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley who danced in unison to celebrate UNITY DANCE DAY and make a statement against bullying through positive actions. The students performed the UNITY DANCE, created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center as part of National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The song for the UNITY DANCE, “You Can’t Take That Away From Me,” was written by Nashville songwriters Tim Akers and Libby Weaver. Akers is the father of a child with a disability who has seen the struggles that many children experience with bullying. Recorded by 11-year-old Tristan McIntosh, the song tells students that character is more important than popularity. “Unity Dance Day celebrates the influence of music and dance as a powerful avenue to reach kids and teens about the bullying prevention message,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
Louis Van Amstel, from Dancing with the Stars, was interviewed on NBC-LA. Louis spoke about his history of being bullied, how he’s raising awareness of this issue through Crunch’s No Judgments philosophy and fundraising initiative.
PACER's Spokes-Pumpkin, Spookley, Featured on Times Square Billboard
Garden City Public Schools Unite Against Bullying
Garden City Public Schools marked Unity Day on Wednesday, October 12th with a variety of anti-bullying activities. Unity Day is sponsored by Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. District guidance counselors, social workers, teachers, and administrators took up the cause by wearing orange and leading students in awareness-raising activities. Read More
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